Courtauld Gallery

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Located just off the Strand in the north wing of Somerset House, the Courtauld has one of Britain's greatest collections of paintings, and contains many works of world importance. Although there are some outstanding works from earlier periods, the collection's strongest suit is its holdings of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. There are some popular masterpieces: Manet's astonishing 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' is undoubtedly the star, alongside superb Monets and Cézannes, important Gauguins and some excellent Van Goghs and Seurats. On the top floor, you get to the twentieth century with a selection of gorgeous fauvist works, a lovely room of Kandinskys and plenty more besides. Hidden away downstairs in the Courtauld there's a sweet little gallery café with a courtyard.


Venue name: Courtauld Gallery
Address: Somerset House
The Strand
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last adm 5.30pm).
Transport: Tube: Temple
Price: £7; £6 concs; Free to Friends of The Courtauld, under-18s, full-time UK students, unwaged, and with National Art Pass; temporary exhibitions £8.50
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The Courtauld is definitely a little hidden gem! I've actually walked past it a couple of times going into Somerset house and not realised that a gallery containing masterpieces by amazing artists such as Van Gogh and Manet is right there ready to explore.

I did get in for free being a student but I would have happily paid. It is a lot smaller than other well known art galleries and not many people standing in the way of your view. I went on a weekday afternoon and there were around 3-5 people in each room at a time. The gallery is set over four floors and contains lots of well known paintings, it was so nice to see them in person rather than in a book! It is not just paintings on show but also furniture, decorative art and sculpture. My favourites were the ballerinas by Degas.


The Courtauld Gallery is one of my favourite galleries in London. I think that because there is an admission fee, the crowds never get too big and you’re able to take your time looking at the masterpieces without enormous groups shuffling around you. The gallery is also a nice size - very manageable to see in an hour or two. Each artwork has a description beside it so there’s no need for an audio guide to find out more about each piece. 

The artworks are spread out over four floors - medieval & renaissance, special exhibitions, 16th to 19th Centuries, and 19th Century to present. My favourite part of the gallery is the impressive collection of impressionist paintings on the top two floors. There are Manet, Monet, Degas and so many more to see in this relatively intimate space. 

This is a little gem of a gallery and I’m annoyed at myself for not discovering it before.  I had only intended to spend a little time here, but it’s a real tardis and I ended up whiling away three hours here!  There is a real mix of art and there should be something to appeal to everyone’s taste.  It’s a beautifully laid out gallery and never feels cramped or crowded compared to some.  I also enjoyed looking at the building and its intricate decorations.  A must for any art-lovers.


Small gallery located just to the right side of the main entrance of Somerset House. Great collection of paintings, many of them quite famous; “A Bar at the Folies-Bergere” from Manet as well as Van Gogh’s self-portrait reside here. Main focus is on impressionist paintings. You will also find a nice/small cafe in the basement.


A small yet amazing art gallery in Somerset House that is a hidden gem. The Courtauld is one of the finest art universities and collections in the world with a number of its pieces on display packed with some of the most famous and valuable pieces of impressionist art it also has medieval christian, Renaissance and Georgian portraiture all by the most famous names in art history. Never full it is the perfect space allowing you to get up close to the art, something that no doubt is due to it being a university run, and thus private, museum costing £6 entry.

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This is my favourite art gallery in London - it's holds a beautiful collection of Impressionist paintings. It's amazing seeing the pieces up-close and taking note of all the detail. There is something very relaxing and moving about this gallery, its peaceful, quiet and a pleasure to visit.

What a pleasant surprise, to walk into such a collection as is now at the Courtauld, and find the art experience we were looking for in London without being overwhelmed or asked not to photograph. The presentations were excellent, almost a history of art through the ages, and the representative artists, especially the master impressionists and the Jane Avril collection, was so unexpected. We also were treated to "free Monday", and were not required to pay any fee whatsoever to enjoy this amazing gallery. Well done, Courtauld!